Menopause is a time of great change for a woman. Not only is there a seizing of the menstrual cycle, but there is a huge shift in hormonal production. The decrease in menstruation and estrogen production creates a shift in everything from sleep patterns to temperature regulation, from weight control to mood swings.
It’s safe to say that menopause – pre, during and post – effects life in a monumental way.
If you are moving through the changes of menopause, continue reading to learn natural ways that you can combat the negative side effects of menopause, especially post menopause…
- Expect hot flashes, and plan accordingly. Hot flashes are considered the most common symptom associated with menopause. These sudden onsets of intense bodily heat can be uncomfortable and unsettling. To work with your hot flashes there are a couple of things that you can do. First, be sure that you dress in layers that allow you to shed to comfortable amounts of clothing as the hot flash sets in. A light, comfortable tank top is perfect for the last layer next to the skin. Also, be sure to continually drink a lot of water and stay away from triggers like alcohol, hot beverages, tropical weather and foods with spicy characteristics.
- Learn the art of calming the nervous system. One of the best tools you can give yourself when dealing with the changes that come with pre post and during menopause is to learn how to nourish your nervous system. An aspect to the body that is challenged during menopause, learning ways in which to calm the nervous system allows you to give the gift of peace to your body, mind and spirit. Activities such as yoga and meditation have profound positive effects that relax the body and mellow the symptoms associated with menopause. Not to mention, these health modalities are fabulous for losing weight, improving posture and increasing flexibility.
- Get at least eight hours of sleep a night. An excellent tool in reducing symptoms of menopause is to get a full, restful eight hours of sleep. To help make certain you fall asleep easily try to stop eating three hours prior to bed. Also, decrease afternoon and evening caffeine consumption. Additional tools to help with falling asleep include pranayama breathing techniques, meditation, and muscle relaxation techniques like tapping. Other factors to take a look at include a comfortable bed, lack of clutter and electronics in your sleeping space as well as the ability to create complete darkness.